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Gosho Quote for October 2018

Opening of the Eyes


The relationship between the methods of shōju and shakubuku are like water and fire. Fire abhors water, while water detests fire. The practitioner of shōju despises the method of shakubuku, while those who conduct shakubuku grieve over the method of shōju. When ignorant and impious men are rampant throughout the nation, shōju comes first, as described in the Peaceful Practices (Anrakugyō; fourteenth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra. When cunning, evil men and slanderers of the Law thrive, shakubuku should take precedence, as taught in the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging (Fukyō; twentieth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

(Gosho, p. 575)

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